Saturday, November 26, 2011

I'm a total mess...

I'll try to make this story as short as possible and a few details are a little personal. Here goes... A couple of weeks ago our income made a dramatic drop. Hubby only has 6 more months of college and he will graduate with a degree in Nursing. He goes to school 5 days a week and often works on homework until bedtime and weekends. And there is no way that I would want him to quit when he is so close to being finished with it. So with such a school load we have slowed down on the house. I was hoping to pick up a few extra quilting jobs through the holidays until we could figure out something to get us by. I had 2 quilts to quilt for a couple of ladies and mom and I headed to the quilt shop to pick up a backing for one of them. You know how mothers are, they think their kids can do no wrong. LOL! The quilt shop owner asks if I do machine quilting, I said "yes" and left it at that. Then mom started going on about my quilts and stuff and the lady wanted me to bring by some of my work so she could see it, they needed a machine quilter.

A couple of days later, I take a couple of things by to show her and long story short.....she loaded me up with quilt tops!!!! I know have 13 quilt that have to be quilted by Christmas!!!! 4 of them need binding but the others don't. I truly believe that if you trust in God and try your best he will show you the way and he did that for us. Then panic set in! 13 quilts and they are NOT small quilts before Christmas! Oh no! I started stressing....and I do figure that I will have to quilt through the nights some to get them all finished. I sat down with a calendar to figure out a quilting schedule.

Now there is more....See several years ago when we decided to build this house we bought a mobile home to live in here on the property so that we would have a place to live while we worked on the house. Our plan was to get rid of the mobile home when we were almost ready to move in and get it out of the way. We really had not advertised it, just word of mouth. Last night we were sitting here and a young couple that is a friend of a friend kind of thing, called and wanted to come by and look at the mobile home. They came and seemed interested but I didn't think too much about it. So today I am out in the new house doing some machine quilting (which is in the backyard from the mobile home) someone knocks on the door and it is the young couple with her parents. They look it over and he father looks at me and says....."I have cash in my pocket to buy it, how long will it take you all to get things done to move out?" I'm thinking HELLO!!!! So I now have until the end of December to be out!!!

I have 13 big quilts to quilt and that will be hard for me to do with my busy farm life but somehow I will get them done! :) And on top of that...I have a month to pack everything up and move and my house is NOT DONE!!! Richard has bee gone all day helping his mother move from Ohio so I was here alone. After the buyers left, I just sat down and cried! I'm in a panic and don't know where to start. My head is throbbing and I wouldn't even want to check my BP right now. LOL! I'm sure things will work out just fine, I just have never been on that deals well with change or stress. My mom lives on the property that connects to ours and she said that we could stay with her until we got the house ready if we needed to. There just seems so much to do and not enough time.....and here I am on the computer! LOL! I need to get busy!

Okay now that I have dumped all of my stress on you all, I will talk about something else....Thanksgiving was wonderful, except that my brother didn't get to come for dinner. His FIL fell the night before and broke his leg in 2 or 3 places and had to have surgery. Andrew was home from college and that always makes me happy. Here is a photo of Andrew and Hunter taking silly photos on his Ipad. Hunter is always happy to see him too.

Yesterday, I was upstairs quilting and Hunter got bored and wanted to sew. So I set up this little machine that he uses from time to time. I bought it at a junk store and it works perfect. He quickly tired of sewing squares together and was off riding his bike. Silly boys!


Here is the first of the 13 quilts and the smallest of them all, this one is a twin and is made with Homespun fabric. This was my first time quilting something with Homespun fabric but I just had to adjust my tension a little and it was fine.
After I got it off the frame, I loaded this one on. I'm not sure of the pattern but it is very pretty in person. I only have it loaded, I haven't started quilting on it yet. I plan on getting it started this evening and hopefully finished late tomorrow evening. Wish me luck!
That's it for now!!! I'm off to get some quilting done!


Kristie

17 comments:

treadlemusic said...

I just returned home from being a vendor at a local arts show (a spot I didn't even have due to many details). Brought up your story and absolutely could "not" go on without a reply! The Lord must have a sense of humor at the predicaments His "dust people" get themselves in to! Will definitely be praying for you in the days to come......for His strength, peace and endurance!-) I can so relate to the "piling on" the layers of life!!! Seems I have a 'bent' that direction, also. Take a moment now and again to breath and 'be still'...Hugs, Doreen

Janet O. said...

Kristie--Oh, how I wish I was close by and could come help pack--and work on the house. The Lord does move in mysterious ways. He has provided the means for you to keep DH in school--He will also provide you with the strength to do what you have to do. I will be praying for you. Do some serious elimination of unnecessary things during the holiday. Not all traditions have to happen every year. This will be a year of incredible memories--new ones. Go with the flow and enjoy what you can.
p.s. we moved into a very unfinished home 4 days before Christmas 27 years ago. As I type DH is upstairs working on installing a jetted tub in the master bathroom, which has never been finished, but it has been a great ride!

Winona said...

Kristie, hang in there. Everything will work out. Remember He doesn't give us more than we can handle. See, you already have one down and only 12 to go. You'll make it.

Regina said...

Breathe - it will all come together... it kind of sounds like it already is... just all at once! You have a great family - you will all make it work! Remember to ask for help when you need to ! Wish I was closer to lend a pair of hands.

jillquilts said...

Oh My!!! There is a lot going on, but I am quite sure that you will be able to make it all work. When is the semester over for Richard? When is the Christmas break for them to start packing things up?

Me and My Stitches said...

Does this mean that you don't want to quilt something for me before Christmas?! Lol! Isn't it nice to have stress from GOOD things? I know when I have tons of jewelry orders I stress out - but that's much better than NOT having orders! You will get it done and everything will be ok!!

Narelle said...

Things have a way of falling into place when you least expect it.
Just remember to stop and breathe now and then and take a moment for yourself :o)

Texan said...

I am so glad you got some quilting work and that you sold your trailer! That is all very good news! Though I realize it is also a lot of stress for you! Like you say trust in the good Lord as it will all work out! ... I have been hanging onto that myself for my sadness and DH's. We are pretty much a mess over loosing Kota. But I know it will get better.
Your quilting is so good I am not at all surprised that a quilt shop would snatch you up as their quilter girly!

Libby said...

WOW!!! I am glad that you have some quilting work and that the trailer sold but that does sound stressful! But, from what I know about you and Richard, your Mom and Sister..ya'll will work this out and get through this!!

Tammy said...

Oh, Kristie, I wish I lived closer to you. I'd come over and help you pack. I will keep you in my prayers. As you said God always provides an answer and he'll get you through this December too! Hang in there. You can vent to us anytime you need to. Hugs!

Yvette said...

Kristie, everything will work out. God works in mysterious ways. The money from the trailer will help you so much and be able to keep Richard in school and the money from the quilt jobs will help also. Just manage your time and be sure to take a few minutes for yourself.

Vesuviusmama said...

These are all good problems to have. Don't worry, you will get it all done and it will all work out.

Lady of the Cloth said...

Kristi, Remember, If the Lord brings you to it, he will bring you through it. I am one where the Lord always brings blessings attached to work too. This was a wonderful blessing for you in spades. Take a deep breath and just bite off one big bite at a time girl.
If I lived closer, I'd be in there packing like a mad woman for you.

trendy georgia said...

Youll be fine!!! Im hoping to be as stressed soon. Im hoping the lord is mysteriously providing for us ina soon to be stressed and perhaps overwhelmed but at the end of the day where we want to be kind of a way.(Just as you are now!)Things have a way of working themselves out and I like to remember the song Whatever will be will be....love craftycherry

Angela said...

Wow just remember God is in control & he knows what you can handle, accept help from your friends & family & some how you will see it all come together. Congrats on getting the quilting business & selling the mobile home, sounds like lots of positive things also going on in your life too.

lil red hen said...

Oh my!! Now I'm stressed out! lol Wish I could at least help bind the quilts while you worked on others. Do be careful with your health though.

Floss said...

I'm sure it will work out, at least you don't have far to move, and you can sleep in January. Wishing you all the best.